Condemning police firing in Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh, in which five farmers were killed on Tuesday, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) - a wing of Communist Party of India (CPI) - and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) held a protest near Madhya Pradesh Bhavan here on Wednesday.
He is accompanied by senior Congress leaders including Kamal Nath, who is touted to become the next chief of the state Congress.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi neither waives off farmers' loans nor does he provide bonus. I will continue to work for them", he said. Five persons were killed on Tuesday as the farmers' agitation turned violent in Mandsaur, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the trouble-hit area. Earlier in the day, the police had maintained that they would not permit Gandhi to visit the district. "Now, there is no point in blaming the Congress, which is trying to fish in troubled waters", said a top BJP leader.
"Which law of the land says that it is illegal to stand in solidarity with farmers who were killed simply for demanding what is their right?" the Congress leader asked.
Police have barricaded the routes from Rajasthan to Madhya Pradesh, an officer said.
In Indore, the agitating farmer union Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh (RKMS) demanded the dismissal of Shivraj Singh Chouhan's government and the the imposition of president's rule. According to police, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Madhya Pradesh legislator Jaiwardhan Singh also courted arrest.
"I appeal to my farmer brothers to be calm". I have said earlier that the farmers may have died in police firing.
The outburst of discontent in India's heartland farming states of Madhya Pradesh and neighboring Maharashtra poses a challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to double farmers' incomes over the next five years.
During the event, Rajnath also alleged that the Congress party created a crisis of credibility about the politicians in the country and the government. It seems that the governments in these states have been busy in implementing their divisive and polarizing agenda while totally ignoring the core issues of governance including the long standing problems of the farmers. The government, after considerable pressure announced a fixed price of Rs 5000 plus but as the local leaders said, the government machinery was so inefficient and corrupt that even this price did not reach by now the badly impacted farmers.